Rafa Benitez 'unhappy' with Newcastle's transfer window

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Newcastle would undoubtably still value the Spaniard's experience in both La Liga as well as his limited time in the Premier League as the club step back up to the top flight following promotion from the Championship last season.

"I am not happy [with transfer dealings] but for me it is a challenge", he continued.

Rafa Benitez says he's "not happy" after Newcastle United missed out on several transfer targets. "The team spirit's quite good, and hopefully we replicate that this season".

"It is important for the fans to understand that this year will be totally different".

"We know every game is hard and now we are going to play against Tottenham, so we just need to keep our focus and prepare for every game", Atsu added.

"Sometimes it is not about you want, it is about what you need and what you can afford now".

The Magpies have signed five players so far this summer at a cost of just over £30million, while a number of players, including Daryl Murphy, Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita and Florian Thauvin, have left. "We are now trying to work in different directions".

If Newcastle are to continue their pursuit of Perez then they will face competition from his former club Deportivo La Coruna.

There was a rumour of a power struggle at Newcastle regarding player recruitment.

The 21-year-old was sent home from Chelsea's pre-season tour of China after he made negative comments about the country on his Instagram account.

Benitez has now admitted that he feels that his side have not improved much on what they had available to them last season.

"It's very hard for me because my Chinese is not good enough", he said, referencing links with the Chinese Super League.

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